Operating Instructions Test | Final Test - Hard

Anne Lamott
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Sam's latest accomplishment?

2. What is Anne's state of mind in Part 11?

3. What does Anne consider Sam's presence in her life to be?

4. What does Anne recall loving during her childhood?

5. What physical achievement has Sam reached?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Pammy's role in Anne's life. What is the nature of their friendship? Which one is more nurturing in the relationship? How does the relationship alter, if at all, with the diagnosis of Pammy's breast cancer?

Essay Topic 2

One of the most striking characteristics of Anne's prose is her complete honesty. Explain why this is necessary to complete a book of this nature. Would a reader be able to see through fabrications and falsehoods in a book like this? Describe why this format is the perfect background for Anne's personality.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the origins of the title of the book: Operating Instructions. Does Anne want the reader to think that it is a book about caring for a newborn? Or does she want the reader to dig a little deeper for a more personal meaning? The phrase "waiting for operating instructions" occurs in at least two situations in the book. Define them and determine Anne's meaning for the book's title.

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